South Australia v Victoria
Saturday, 3-6 November
MCG - 10:30am local daily (10am ACDT)
Live on cricket.com.au or the Cricket Australia app
Session times (all times local)
Session One: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Session Two: 1:10pm – 3:10pm
Session Three: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Minimum of 96 overs
Head to head (Sheffield Shield matches)
South Australia: 53
South Australia confronts arguably the form team of the summer so far in Victoria as the Redbacks hunt their first win of the Shield season. The JLT One-Day Cup champions crushed Western Australia by an innings and 45 runs at the WACA, then defeated New South Wales by an innings and 107 runs and sit atop the Shield table. While without a win, the Redbacks have shown their best cricket can match it with anyone. South Australia was the dominant side for the majority of its match against Queensland last week and should take plenty of positives into Saturday’s contest at the MCG.
Redback to watch – Jake Lehmann
Lehmann capitalised on what’s been a ‘summer of starts’ for the stylish left-hander to post his first century of the 2018-19 season last round against Queensland. The 26-year-old smashed 14 boundaries in a 126-run performance which was only ended by a brilliant piece of fielding. Lehmann earned Player of the Match honours in last year’s clash at the MCG with innings of 103 and 93, and he also took his maiden first-class wicket with a stunning caught and bowled to dismiss Victorian captain Peter Handscomb. Lehmann will assume the captaincy once again with Travis Head on international duty.
Danger player – Marcus Harris
The Victorian opener carried his bat to post his first double century in any format in the Vics’ big win over New South Wales last round. Harris anchored Victoria’s innings as his teammates fell around him, scoring 250 of the Vics’ 445-run total to guide his side to victory. The Redbacks will need to be wary of the in-form left-hander.
West End Redbacks squad
Jake Lehmann (c)
Peter Handscomb (c)